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K&R: Part 1 

Jordan has surgery as the situation with Tom's brother grows more grim.


Timothy Busfield


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay) | 7 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Matt Albie
Amanda Peet ... Jordan McDeere
Bradley Whitford ... Danny Tripp
Steven Weber ... Jack Rudolph
D.L. Hughley ... Simon Stiles (credit only)
Sarah Paulson ... Harriet Hayes
Nate Corddry ... Tom Jeter
Timothy Busfield ... Cal Shanley
Mark McKinney ... Andy Mackinaw
Kari Matchett ... Mary Tate
James Lesure ... Captain Boyle
Josh Stamberg ... Luke Scott
J.D. Walsh ... Doctor
Tony Perez ... Howard
Ayda Field ... Jeannie Whatley


A militia group takes Tom's brother (and two other airmen) hostage in Afghanistan, throwing the after-party into turmoil -- and lock-down, as the press discover the relationship. Jordan has pregnancy complications and is rushed to the hospital. Danny catches up as soon as he can. When the complications turn to a C-section, he proffers the engagement ring he's been carrying around; Jordan accepts. Mary Tate (lawyer) mentions that there are international liaisons who have a decent record of ransoming hostages. Matt wrestles with the implications, then asks her to sound them out. Due to the situation, he breaks their dinner date, although she continues to come on to him. All of this is set against flashbacks to 9/11 and the S60 season premier that Friday. Wes was in the hospital, leaving Matt & Danny in his stead. Jack refuses to postpone the premier, adding the restriction that they control their script content. We see the early conflicts leading up to their dismissal. The 2001 Jack is ... Written by norcekri

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Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

7 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.80 : 1
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Did You Know?


"K&R" stands for Kidnap and Ransom. See more »


In a flashback, Harriet is tying Matt's bow tie as he has refused to buy a clip-on. As Matt is drawn into discussion, his bow tie inexplicably ties and unties itself without anyone touching it. See more »


Matt Albie: Science is something you believe in, science has to be proven, or then not get to call it science
Harriet Hayes: Wouldn't it be great if you knew something about Christians, before you start...
Matt Albie: It's a fairy tail!
Harriet Hayes: No, it's not
Matt Albie: We've been having this fight for six months!
Harriet Hayes: We've been having this fight for two years!
Matt Albie: We have been having this fight in two different millennia, now!
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References One of My Wives Is Missing (1976) See more »


Have a Little Faith in Me
Written and Performed by John Hiatt
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Another exceptional episode
30 November 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

It's often a big maligned 'Studio 60' for various reasons, and for being the only Aaron Sorkin penned show to not get a second series (The Newsroom went for three, but that doesn't mean it was much good) but this episode really shows the quality of the writing and the cast involved.

Flashing back to just after 9/11 shows us how the characters dealt with the crisis, and how a comedy show carries on in the face of tragedy.

I thought Steven Weber as ever was fab as Jack Rudolph, and there were some lovely moments between Bradley Whitford's Danny and Amanda Peet's Jordan too.

The final sequence set to 'Have a little faith in me' by John Hiatt was brilliant, and topped off a fabulous episode of the show.

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